This week, we have been working super hard on our CBL solutions! Our challenge for this Term is to ‘Showcase our Discovery’. Throughout the Term, we have been investigating our own questions, in an area of interest, to form our personal discoveries. We have researched our information using books and websites. We have developed our knowledge of the features of non-fiction texts through using books, and have built on our digital citizenship skills by using keyword searches and through evaluating the trustworthiness of websites. After collecting all our research, we have begun creating a display of our discovery in a format of our choice. We will showcase our discoveries to our grade 5 buddy class next week!
On Monday, we rehearsed our concert dance with Grade 2I. They came to our classroom and we practised the dance together. Mrs Fernandes and Grade 2I gave feedback on how to improve our dance.
Our concert dance was from Aladdin. – Benadee
On Thursday morning, all the Grade Prep, One and Two students did a final rehearsal in the gym. We sat in the red section and watched other children’s performances. When it was our turn, we went to the quiet zone and went back stage to get ready for our dance. We were really confident.
After school Hannah and I went to Maumau’s house and we ate noodles. We drank soft drink and we put on our clothes. I felt scared. – Olivia
After school we went home and had a rest. After that, we changed into our party clothes. We went back to school at 5:30. I felt happy and excited.- Sia
Then I came to school with my parents at 5:30 PM and showed them where the gym is. – Avani
When we got to school, my class got ready. The boys wore sparkly hats, buttoned shirts, black pants and black footwear. I felt confident. – Aish
We put our feather boas on and went to the gym and waited in our lines. I wasn’t nervous at all. I was feeling excited. – Merza
When we got to school, we watched Tom and Jerry. We took pictures. I was nervous, happy and excited. – Shaurya
Some teachers were putting balloons in the gym. – Devika
We went to the concert dance in the gym. We did the performance. I felt happy. My parents were happy. – Armaan
I felt excited for the concert dance. – Milind
My mum and dad were happy when I was doing the aeroplane moves. – Sadika
We all started dancing happily. I felt excited. After the dance was finished, we went back to our classroom. Then we went home. All our parents were proud of us. – Avneet
Parents, if you have any videos of the dance from the red zone, could you please let me know so I can replace the video above?
Today in 2A we worked collaboratively in groups to describe a series of steps to program a Blue Bot. We had to plan a route to program the Blue Bot to follow a path and write a sequence of steps (algorithm). We found out that we had to test our algorithms and debug if they were unsuccessful. Trial and error played a big part in getting our Blue Bots to the correct location using an accurate algorithm.
Check out a video of a Blue Bot in action:
Hafsa –I had to debug because it didn’t work the first time.
Mo Yan – We created an algorithm that made our Bee Bot go to all the planets on the mat.
It is that time of year again, the WORD MANIA CHALLENGE is here! We would love to see all students and parents involved in the challenge. We need everyone to jump onto Word Mania and play as many times as you can to build up the highest possible scores. Last year our Year Two students achieved a tenth placing on the National Leaderboard and won some amazing prizes.
Together we can achieve great things, so let’s get playing!
Accessing Word Mania: Word Mania is accessible on desktop and mobile devices. Simply log in to LiteracyPlanet on desktop and click on the Word Mania icon, or can download the free Word Mania 2018 app (iOS and Android). Students use their LiteracyPlanet login details for Word Mania.
How to Play
Word Mania is an interactive online word building game. Players are given a board of 15 randomly generated letters, and have three minutes to create as many words as they can. Every valid word formed earns points. Longer and more complex words score higher, and scores can be boosted by building valid words consecutively, and using special Gold and Diamond letter tiles. Word building uses various literacy skills: phonemes, morphemes including affixes and plurals, spelling, word recognition, vocabulary and word knowledge. Students can play as many times as they like, and the sum of the highest 50 game scores by at least five students from the same grade will be their school’s score for that year level.
$350,000 in Prizes!
Word Mania Dates: Practise – Thursday, May 17 – Sunday, July 29.
Competition Round 1- Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3.
Competition Round 2 – Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 10.
Final Round – Wednesday, August 15 to Friday, August 17.
Today is World Environment Day. We started off the day by brainstorming what we thought this day was all about.
‘I think it is about not using wrappers and keeping our environment clean’ – Caitlin
‘I think it is about keeping animals safe’ – Sehajnoor
‘I think it is about not polluting’ – Ayla
We decided that World Environment Day is about looking after the environment.
In reading we read about ways we can use less plastic. Then in writing we created our own persuasive posters about different environmental issues. We voted on the posters and chose the ones we believed were the most persuasive.
“On the 30th of May, we got in the bus and we went through a tunnel. When we went through a tunnel, everyone was screaming. It was a long drive.” – Sia
“We saw the city. Then we arrived at Scienceworks.” – Shaurya
“First we ate food. Second we wrote about the senses: smell, hear, touch and see.” – Milind
“I worked with my mum, Jannat M, Shylah, Sadika and Benadee. We wrote about seeing, smelling, hearing and touching.” – Olivia
“My favourite bit about Scienceworks was the Planetarium. So we lay down in a chair and look up at the ceiling and we watched Tycho to the Moon! Scienceworks is so awesome!” – Benadee
“In the Planetarium the seats could push down if we leaned on them. We tried to make constellations.” – Avani
“My favourite bit about Science works is the bit that we go into a thing, slide the door and we have to push it. The other door opened. You go in it, then people think you disappeared. Then you pop out of nowhere when they aren’t looking.” – Aish
“We went to the exhibitions and we looked at very cool things like wheelchair races, rock climbing, running races, buildings.” – Merza
“After we went back to school and then we looked at some photos and went home. It was fun! I never knew Scienceworks existed but now I know.” – Avneet
Today we reflected on our learning experiences with some writing. Some of our writing is in this blog post!
We also surveyed each other about what we enjoyed about the excursion to Scienceworks. We collected data in a table using tallies. Next we graphed our results to show our data in a visual display.
Today we completed a science experiment. We followed the scientific process as we had seen in Ada Twist Scientist.
We started by asking the question: What would happen if we mixed baking soda and vinegar together? We then made a hypothesis.
I predict the balloon will pop – Sophie
I predict the balloon will float – Arya
Next, we did the experiment. For the experiment, we had to fill an empty bottle with vinegar. We then put baking powder in a balloon using a funnel. We attached the balloon to the top of the bottle and watched what happened. Can you guess what happened?
….The baking powder mixed with the vinegar, which caused a chemical reaction. This chemical reaction produced Carbon Dioxide. The Carbon Dioxide had no where to go so it ended up inflating the balloon.